The Eastern music is totally unfamiliar to me, but it's quite varied and exotic sounding so I enjoy listening and learning about the music and the artists who perform it - Jackie is very knowledgeable and her listeners are enriched by the factual framework she provides as well as her obvious love of the music she shares with her audience.
Today as I listened I heard what seemed to be a familiar melody. At first I couldn't place it, then after a while I began to associate some lyrics with the tune, but I couldn't quite pull them into my conscious memory. I continued to listen and hum along until the words started to come to mind and finally I remembered the refrain, "Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end". Those lyrics seemed to fit the music perfectly although I'm sure a trained ear could have detected differences. Still I was surprised that a song Jackie would play on Eastern Sands would remind me so vividly of a song from the pop charts of the '60s and I called her to tell her so (and to thank her for doing her show every week - all of WMPG's DJs are volunteers who clearly love the music they play).
After I called it a day on the deck I came in and googled the lyrics I remembered, and this is the song I was reminded of - it has a whole different meaning for me today than when I first heard it in 1968, but still:
"Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way."
Here's the original version by Mary Hopkin -